Joanna Hanstead


Having worked in this field for thirty-five years, I now offer a combined treatment approach. All the treatments I practice are gentle, and each session is tailored to the needs of you, the patient. I learned when I was training that our bodies have an innate wisdom, and I work with techniques that reflect this philosophy. We are sovereign beings. As well as addressing physical pain and dis-ease, natural therapies can help us align and realise more of our potential, our unique life purpose. Many of my patients are sensitive souls.

“I do not hold myself out to be, or call myself a chiropractor, chiropractic practitioner, chiropractitioner, chiropractic physician, or any other kind of chiropractor, either explicitly or by implication.” 

In December 2016 I voluntarily de-registered from the General Chiropractic Council. This is why I do not now work as chiropractor. I am now a member of the Register of Craniosacral Therapists and a member of the Association for McTimoney Practitioners. 

I qualified in McTimoney Chiropractic in 1987 and in Craniosacral Therapy in 1988. More recently I became a Spinal Touch (now Core Postural Alignment) practitioner.  I was a senior tutor at the McTimoney College of Chiropractic for several years. I was a fellow of the McTimoney Chiropractic Association and the Royal College of Chiropractors. In 1990 I founded The Well, a still thriving Natural Health Centre in Birmingham. Over the years I have explored a range of healing systems, including Reiki and Matrix Energetics.

I have a degree in Physiology and Biochemistry, an MSc in Biomechanics, a Diploma in Chiropractic, and a Post Graduate Certificate of Education.

As well as treatment sessions I love to explain what I do, and to pass on basic healing skills to others, both lay and professional who feel drawn to learn.

Other interests include singing and playing sacred music from a variety of traditions. Making music has many similarities to working as a practitioner. Both playing an instrument and working with the body require skill and sensitivity, and evolve with time. With each the aim is to create a healing and peaceful atmosphere. Find out more >

Over the years I have worked with people of all ages, from new born to the very elderly, also many life stages, questions and conditions. Since the world events of 2020 I have made some changes to how (longer sessions), when(less!), and where (different places) I work. I currently work in Frome and Glastonbury. Please contact me for current locations and availability. If I am unable to see you I can recommend other local practitioners who will be able to help


Excellent treatment over the last four years with no repetition of any neck problems. Would fully recommend.

MG , Neck pain sufferer

I discovered Jo at the Frome Cheese Show. My mobility and flexibility is much improved since coming to see Jo. Also, since coming to Frome I’ve discovered what an interesting place it is, with lots of lovely old buildings and good shops. 

CB , Following a Free spine check at the Frome Cheese Show

Thanks to the Frome Cheese Show, I found your clinic. Wonderful treatment, and I feel I have my life back again. Thank you.

ML , Following a Free spine check at the Frome Cheese Show

She is absolutely amazing! I have been a client of hers for over seven years and if I put my back out – within two sessions its gone! I have crawled in here before and left walking. Try her! She is a miracle worker.

CJW , Back pain sufferer

Would never have believed that such a simple process could yield such fantastic results – my painful back is nearly a thing of the past! Thank you!

CM , Back pain sufferer

Am nearing the end of a course of treatments with Jo Hanstead. I can honestly say that it has changed my life. I have suffered with back pain for 20+ years, and have finally found a treatment that works. I would highly recommend Jo to anyone! Thank you so much!

R , Back pain sufferer

My family say my face has lost its tension.

PD , Back pain sufferer

Peace from pain.

SA , Back pain sufferer

An amazing experience once again with Jo, am left feeling warm and pain free!

KS , Back pain sufferer